Inspiring and necessary: these two words probably best express the experience for me of being part of TCEF’s Elder sponsorship program. It was, in many ways, such an easy choice: I’ve have been so blessed to have personally met and spent time with many of the people who created and sustain this incredible organization. Their compassion and commitment to a meaningful solution to ease some of the very difficult hardships faced by Tibetan exiles is a tonic for my own heart and for the One Great Heart that pulses love and hope to all of us. So much tender and sincere caring exudes from everyone in this organization – it’s really so little for them to ask of any of us to be a part of the spirit of humanity that they are cultivating.
The Dalai Lama says that the “more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” This is so fundamental. Life teaches that the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and the well-being of this beautiful spinning blue planet of ours is to extend meaningful care that contributes to the happiness of our brothers and sisters. To be sure, there are many in need – and each of us need look no further than our own hearts to know how we can best serve. For me, sponsoring a Tibetan elder through TCEF is a simply one way of offering the chance for at least a little more dignity and comfort in the life of someone who has already taken so many difficult footsteps on this earth. Our collective job, our collective joy today is do whatever we can to bless their next steps with great. I am honored to be part of TCEF’s work.
Anne Jablonski, Arlington, VA